By: Harper Sloan
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
The BookWhisperer's Rating:
Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'
And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I'm completely imperfect.
And ... I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
Poor Willow has had a tough beginning and it doesn’t get better when she becomes an adult. This book is filled with treacherous events that continuously bring Willow down into a self-loathing level. Just when she feels like it is time to shine, she gets knocked back down. Lucky for her, Kane is right beside her to pick her up and dust her off. From here is a whirlwind of romance. Kane knows immediately that Willow is perfect in every way and fights to build her self-confidence so that she can shine bright. It isn’t easy though. Life isn’t easy.
Kane finds that building Willow back up isn’t the only fight they take on. Harper Sloan threw a dark secret into the midst and it took me a while to figure out what clues was set before me. This secret isn’t a secret Kane’s secret that he can tell. While it has everything to do with him, it has nothing to do with him and it start creating a rip in their relationship. I have to give a hand to Harper for when this secret is exposed, Willow handles it with grace. Most authors could have taken another road and have their characters acted out in an unbecoming way. However, Willow didn’t.
I think it is safe to say that I liked the main characters Willow and Kane. I liked them together as a couple even more. I also liked Kane’s bodyguard Cam and his love for romance novels. It just made me laugh. Willow’s two friends and Kane’s friend Mia rounded each character out for the best.
Now there are some characters that I didn’t like, and we aren’t supposed to like. But every time their names appeared on the page I just wanted to get far away from that page as possible. I knew that they were going to do harm and it just hurt my heart for Willow and what brutal punch she was going to take next.
The synopsis of this book intrigued me. A beautiful man falls for an imperfect woman who doesn’t see how beautiful she truly is. Honestly, isn’t this what we all want? It doesn’t matter how beautiful you are, you always see that one flaw that makes you feel imperfect and to find someone who sees that imperfection and finds it beautiful, well that is just winning at life. Before the book begins there is a small note from the author. I encourage you all to read it first. For those who struggle with their hatred of their flaws, know that you are not alone. But also know how beautiful you are.